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DBSEM - Seminar Databases: Foundations of Database Systems



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SoSe 2021 - SoSe 2021

Fakultät IV

EN 7

Institut für Softwaretechnik und Theoretische Informatik

34351500 FG Datenbanksysteme und Informationsmanagement

Markl, Volker

Soto, Juan

POS-Nummer PORD-Nummer Modultitel
2346634 38035 DBSEM - Seminar Databases: Foundations of Database Systems

Learning Outcomes

The students will understand, how to read and to interpret scientific database literature critically, how to give a good scientific presentation, technically precise and concentrated on the relevant topics, but also enjoyable, and how to write an appropriate technical summary of classical literature in computer science. At the same time, students will get an introduction to the history and the foundations of database systems.


During the initial phase of this class, students will hear presentations on how to read scientific papers, how to give a good presentation, and how to write high-quality scientific/technical reports. Additionally, all participants will receive one or more top-ranked scientific articles, from the literature in the classical database area. E.g. paper from the Red Book, the Great Papers in Computer Science, VLDB 10-Year Best Paper Awards, or SIGMOD Test of Time Awards. Task of the students is to study the literature deeply, to structure own presentations, and to reflect the main challenges addressed in the presentations and in a written summary. The contributions of the other students shall be critically reflected by the audience - like own contribution. (Details will be announced in the class)

Module Components


All Courses are mandatory.

Course Name Type Number Cycle Language SWS VZ
DBSEM - Datenbankseminar: Foundations of Database Systems SEM 0434 L 455 WS/SS No information 2

Workload and Credit Points

DBSEM - Datenbankseminar: Foundations of Database Systems (SEM):

Workload description Multiplier Hours Total
Plenary Sessions 15.0 2.0h 30.0h
Preparation of seminar talks, and, additionally, writing reports 15.0 4.0h 60.0h
90.0h(~3 LP)
The Workload of the module sums up to 90.0 Hours. Therefore the module contains 3 Credits.

Description of Teaching and Learning Methods

This seminar is a classical seminar with introduction (lectures!) by the responsible professor(s), then student presentations will follow, and, finally, written reports must be provided by the students about their resp. topics!

Requirements for participation and examination

Desirable prerequisites for participation in the courses:

Knowledge taken from a classical "Databases" class (like ISDA in TU Berlin, DBS 1 elsewhere, or similar), plus pratical experience in DB programming, plus a solid background in mathematics!

Mandatory requirements for the module test application:

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Module completion



Type of exam

Portfolio examination

Type of portfolio examination

100 points in total



Test elements

Name Points Categorie Duration/Extent
(Deliverable assessment) Presentation 1 20 oral 20 min
(Deliverable assessment) Presentation 2 30 oral 30 min
(Deliverable assessment) Written long report 40 written 10-15 pages
(Deliverable assessment) Written short report 10 written 4-6 pages (potentially split into different parts)

Grading scale

Test description (Module completion)

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Duration of the Module

The following number of semesters is estimated for taking and completing the module:
1 Semester.

This module may be commenced in the following semesters:
Winter- und Sommersemester.

Maximum Number of Participants

The maximum capacity of students is 8.

Registration Procedures

For registration to this module, please apply to DIMA following the guidelines in the DIMA web site:

Recommended reading, Lecture notes

Lecture notes

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Electronical lecture notes

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Recommended literature
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Assigned Degree Programs

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